Fox Searchlight just debuted the first video clip from Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s latest film. The clip features two rival packs of dogs doing battle over a sack of trash. (It’s more interesting to watch than it sounds.)
Wes Anderson wrote and directed the animated movie which has just been named as the closing night film at the 2018 SXSW. Anderson’s voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, and Frances McDormand. Also lending their voices to the stop-motion animated film are Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, and Courtney B. Vance.
Fox Searchlight has set a March 23, 2018 theatrical release date for Isle of Dogs.
Anderson’s previous excursion into the world of animated feature films, Fantastic Mr. Fox, earned two Oscar nominations in the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score categories. The 2009 film was also nominated for a Golden Globe, two BAFTA awards, and was nominated for two Critics’ Choice awards (Best Animated Feature and Best Screenplay, Adapted). Fantastic Mr. Fox also earned three Annie Awards nominations, winning in the Writing in a Feature Production category.
The Plot: Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi (voiced by Koyu Rankin), 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.